Interview by Carl Marsh - September 2014
since winning South Africa's Got Talent 2013, I know you still had to go back to school! So reading and learning has been the norm for you recently, so what message would you like to say to your fans about why they should read more?
Well, reading is important as it allows you to broaden your thinking and learn about new things. It just depends on what you’re reading of course! I would encourage them to read more because it is important to stay informed about the world around us, no matter how old you are.
What is the best book you have ever read, and why is that?
"The Fear” by Charlie Higson. It's a scary book – and from a genre I’ve really come to love. It has a very unique story line and I particularly enjoyed it. Definitely the best book I have ever read.
Are you reading anything at the moment?
Not at the moment, no! My schedule has been a little hectic while I’ve been recording and wrapping up my debut album. I’m always looking for recommendations though so maybe you should give me a heads up about something?
I could mention lots of books Johnny, one of my favourites this year is Brutal Youth by Anthony Breznican, it’s not like The Fear but, it’s one I think you will really like.
Still talking books, have you ever fancied writing a book yourself?
It’s not something I’ve thought of really, but it’s a great idea. Maybe in the near future! I’m always interested in trying new things, and hopefully someone will find my story fascinating enough to write a book about that! At the moment my focus is music but I’m aware that it might open up other doors for me in the future, which is very exciting.
Have you always wanted to be a singer?
Actually, when I was a little kid I wanted to be a veterinarian. I wanted to help all those poor little animals that are in need of love and support. That was before discovering singing though! I developed a huge passion for singing once I started with it. While my dream has changed a bit since I do hope to still be able to make time to volunteer at an animal shelter and to help out in any other ways that I can.
With your album, what is it all about?
Well it’s my debut album, which has been a work in progress since the start of the year. It’s all about me stepping out into the world with a full body of work that represents my journey since winning SA’s Got Talent last year, all the way to where I am at right now. It’s an exciting place to be in, and I hope that my fans enjoy the eleven tracks I’ve been working on.
The next 12 months, what do they hold for you?
I'm new to all of this. So lots of new experiences! I’ll obviously be promoting the album but I’d love to get performing around the country. That is something that really excites me, and I look forward to being able to get back on that stage again.
What has been your most memorable experience so far?
Being in studio recording the album! It's where I am most at peace. It brings me a lot of joy. Creatively I’m at my best when I am in the zone and recording in studio, for sure.
Any regrets along the way?
I'm living out my dream! I don’t believe in having any regrets, as everything happens for a reason.
Is there any question you would like to ask me?
What is the best book you have ever read?
Easy! 1984 by George Orwell. You should read it, if not done already!
I always end on a literary note, so using your imagination as if you were to write it in a book, if you could be an animal, what would it be and why?
An eagle! They are brave, passionate and majestic. Three qualities I strive to uphold.
Country: South Africa